Feb. 17, 2014
NORTHPORT, Ala. -
Typically, the women's basketball team gathers at Noon to begin its daily dose of practice and conditioning, however today was a different story. The Crimson Tide spent its off day at Huntington Place Elementary School assisting in its Hoops for Heart initiative, taking place in physical education class.
Anita Davis, physical education teacher at Huntington Place, said the school usually does a Jump Rope for Heart day, but this year the fifth-grade students suggested basketball instead.
"The fifth grade class came to me and asked me about doing basketball, and I told them it was a great idea," said Davis. "We decided this year we would raise money for the American Heart Association by doing Hoops for Heart. We've had a great response, and all the kids have really been looking forward to today."
The event started at Noon in the school's gymnasium and outdoor basketball courts and included both women's basketball and members of the cheerleading squad. The student-athletes were responsible for helping to run the different basketball-related stations that were set up on the various courts. Some acted as referees, while others ran drills, served as timers, kept scores or helped pass balls to the students.
"This was a refreshing day for us," said junior Brittany Jack. "Coming out here and getting the chance to play with the kids really makes our day. They were so excited when we got here, and were extremely competitive in the games and really got into it. We are happy to be a part of this day with them, and it is really important to us as a team to do things like this that help to put smiles on their faces."
The team has been extremely involved in the community this season, taking part in several different activities since last summer. Some of the groups and events the team has gotten involved in include Habitat for Humanity, playing games and serving dessert to the residents of Capstone Village Retirement Community, assisting with the MDA Lock-Up event, lunch and making gingerbread houses with the students of the CrossingPoints transition program (students ages 18-21 with disabilities) and volunteering at Brewer-Porch Children's Center.
The Tide has also taken part in the athletic department events such as Project Angel Tree and the Halloween Extravaganza. In addition, the team went out in groups every week leading up to the start of the season to city and county 5th grade classes as part of its 5th grade Fastbreak program, that culminated with a trip for all schools involved to the game on Dec. 17.
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